ALBERT LEA, Minn. — Minnesota authorities have arrested a man accused of ambushing an Albert Lea police officer and wounding at least two other people early Sunday morning, leading to a nearly nine-hour standoff.
The incident began as a noise complaint with reported fireworks or gunshots at the Shady Oaks apartment complex at around 2:18 a.m., KSTP reported.
Devin Matthew Wiland, 21 – who reportedly opened fire on a responding officer, striking the officer once in the chest and his vehicle twice – has since been arrested, the TV station reported.
The unidentified 30-year-old officer was able to scurry to safety, assess his injuries and drive himself to the emergency room at Mayo Clinic Health System, where he was treated and released, the Albert Lea Tribune reported.
Meanwhile, a 52-year-old man was injured and flown by helicopter to Rochester from the Mayo Clinic Health System, and a 38-year-old man was transported to an area hospital, the newspaper reported.
In a statement issued Sunday, Minnesota Gov. Tim Waltz stated: “Our thoughts are with the Minnesotans who were hurt in the shooting in Albert Lea this morning. Thank you to the law enforcement officers, including both local teams and our State Patrol troopers and Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agents, who worked to keep Albert Lea residents safe from further harm. This situation could have been significantly worse, but the suspect is now in custody. We know that one Albert Lea police officer was injured today, and the First Lady and I wish them a quick recovery. Thank you for your bravery and service.”